Gambling is the act of putting something of value (often money) at risk on an event that has some element of chance and involves the potential for winning a prize. Examples include card games, fruit machines and two-up; bingo and dead pool; lotteries and instant scratch tickets; and bets on horse and greyhound races, football accumulators or sporting events. Gambling is often associated with casinos but it can also take place in other places like gas stations, church halls and at sporting events.
Some people are unable to control their gambling and have difficulty quitting. This is called a relapse. During a relapse, a person may feel restless and irritable. They may also be tempted to gamble more and more in order to get the same enjoyment they used to get.
A relapse can happen to anyone. If you’re concerned about your or someone else’s gambling, it’s important to talk to your doctor. They can help you develop a plan to manage your gambling, and provide the support you need. They can also refer you to other professionals who can offer additional support and advice.